“Stop insulting us behind our backs and agree to the open debate like one who believes in God.”
For years now, Shinchonji has been making several proposal attempts for an open debate with the pastors of the Reform churches. Unfortunately, Shinchonji would get only lukewarm responses from them.
Last February 16, Shinchonji appealed to the Christian world with a statement saying, “Stop insulting us behind our backs and agree to the open debate like one who believes in God.”
The pastors of the Reform churches go on and on criticizing how Shinchonji is a cult, but once they’re presented with a proposal for an open debate, they back out. By this, Shinchonji doesn’t understand the reason behind their actions.
According to the request form Shinchonji presented to the pastors of Gwacheon’s Church Council for an open debate, it states, “We propose an open debate to determine who really is a cult, which will be judged according to the Bible. Concerning the open debate surrounding God’s word, the winner of the debate will be known as orthodox and the loser will be known as a cult.
Last year, the National Pastoral Organization of Shinchonji Investigation, who snuck into Shinchonji only to find out that it was the “City of Truth", was also presented a proposal for an open debate several times. Shinchonji proposed each organization to prepare 20 questions, be prepared to answer the opponent’s questions, and choose one representative from each organization to discuss about Revelation for 30 minutes.
And they also clearly stated that if the pastors did not agree to the debate, it will be considered a withdrawal. Nevertheless, the Christian Council of Korea has not yet agreed to the proposal.
However, in order to clear this accusation, we will continue making requests for an open debate.